“I wish for a motorised wheelchair!”
Isaac, 18, is a cheerful boy living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. He loves First Person Shooting games, the Internet of Things (IOT) and weekend outings with family and friends. He never had a motorised wheelchair and has always relied on his parents to push him around. When the wish granters met with Isaac, he wished for a motorised wheelchair which would give him greater independence to move around freely.
On his wish day, we brought Isaac and his family to Changi Jewel to test drive his new motorised wheelchair. Upon arrival at Jewel, Isaac and his family were greeted with a warm welcome by the Jewel concierge team, Rafly and Czyrene. Special preparations were also made to book a table at A&W as Isaac had always wanted to eat there but never got the chance.
After lunch, Isaac was presented a challenge map specially designed with his love for gaming and technology in mind. It mapped out fun challenges that allowed him to test drive his wheelchair as he explored Jewel. We prepared a bag full of Isaac’s favourite things as prizes for each challenge he completed.
Once Isaac was briefed on the challenges, he made his way to the first stop – the Changi experience studio where he marvelled at the use of Augmented Reality (AR).
There, Isaac completed a race using a hand cycling device while the rest pedalled on bicycles at the Amazing Runway.
Next up was the Hedge Maze where Isaac accomplished three challenges. He had to snap a photo of an orange daisy which popped in and out of the hedge as well as to take a photo at the flower shrine. To top it off, he had to make it out within 15 minutes! With the help of his family, Isaac completed the tasks and moved on to the final challenge at the Canopy Bridge where he was supposed to take a family photo to conclude the challenge.
Upon completing all the challenges, Isaac proceeded to the Topiary Walk for the prize presentation where he unwrapped all his prizes eagerly. His favourite gifts were the Xiaomi lights which were compatible with his Google home hub that he had at home. These IOT devices, similar to his motorised wheelchair, will help him become more independent as it allows him to control, dim, or even change the colour of his lights using just his voice.
“We are very touched by the kindness and generosity. It truly impacts and brighten up Isaac’s life by making his wish come true and we truly feel blessed!” said Mei Leng, Isaac’s mother.
Thank you Bedok View Secondary School for contributing to the adoption of Isaac’s wish.
Making even a small donation can go a long way to inspire hope and deliver strength to these children. With your help, we will be able to achieve our goal of granting 120 wishes to eligible children every year.